Footballers in most parts of the world are cherished assets, pampered and paid huge sums of money by their clubs. These clubs also ensure that the players are in tip-top physical condition, with all their health needs paid priority attention because they are the reason clubs exist in the first place.
Clubs in Europe, the Americas and most part of Asia and even North Africa, have standard health facilities to cater for their players and only resort to public hospitals on special cases.
However, such is not the case in the Nigerian league, where most of the clubs don’t have functional medical department. There are exceptions though, but the recent death of a Nasarawa United defender, Chineme Martins, during a league match against Katsina United on Sunday, has brought to fore the sorry state of most of the Nigerian clubs.
More than anything else, the tragedy in Lafia has re-awakened calls for the managers of Nigerian football to find modern means of checking the health and fitness levels of players.